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All Aboard!, Issue #003 -- VOSA makes changes to the Operator's Compliance Risk Score
September 05, 2012

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1. Upcoming changes to Operator's Compliance Risk Score

The Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system is separated into two categories: roadworthiness - which is concerned with the condition of a vehicle - and traffic enforcement - which is mainly concerned with drivers' hours.

VOSA has announced major changes to the scoring system, which will take effect on 1 October 2012.

Under the current system, the score is

  • Represented by 3 coloured bands – red, amber and green
  • Calculated once a month
  • Based on historic scores over 2 rolling years (or predictive scores for operators with no historical data)
  • Relative to other similar sized operators
Under the new system, each of these factors will change:
  • Introduction of a 4th colour band: the grey band will contain operators for which no historical data are available. VOSA will target “grey” operators after red ones for traffic enforcement (drivers’ hours) and after amber ones for road worthiness.
  • Frequency of the calculation will become weekly instead of monthly.
  • Data for the past 3 years will be taken into account.
  • The scoring will no longer be relative to other operators’ scores, thereby removing the possibility of dropping into a lower band, even if your score hasn’t changed.

The complicated points system that resulted in 10 categories within the colour bands is being simplified as well, with graduated point allocation based on the severity of the offence.

However, certain events will trigger an immediate relegation to the red band: a prosecution means a 12-month red status, while a Most Serious Infringement (MSI) warrants a 6-month red status.

New OCRS scoring system effective from 1/10/2012

The scoring system may change, but the driver's role in this remains the same as ever: doing daily walk-around checks to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy and sticking to the drivers' hours rules.

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2. By the numbers... 1 in 4 vehicles receives a prohibition

VOSA has released some key performance numbers for the second quarter of this year (April-May-June 2012).

In total 29,857 UK-registered vehicles (LGV and PCV) were checked during roadside encounters, versus 26,196 overseas registered vehicles. With 7,427 roadworthiness prohibitions or just under 25% UK-registered vehicles did only marginally better than the non-UK registered vehicles which were handed 6,567 or just over 25% prohibitions.

Where drivers’ hours infringements are concerned, the roles were reversed: with 2,050 breaches or 7.83% overseas visitors did better than the 2449 or 8.20% of UK drivers.

MOT pass rates are still increasing, with 81.3% of the 19,868 PSV vehicles tested passing the first time.

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1. Avoid fines in France

When travelling in France, make sure to have all required documents and accessories on board.

Apart from personal documentation like passport and driver’s licence and vehicle documentation like the V5 form and proof of insurance, the following documents are mandatory:

  • Waybill
  • Attestation: declaration from employer (you, if self-employed) for days not covered by a tachograph file, i.e. days off
  • Tachograph charts and/or prints for previous 28 days
  • Contract of hire if vehicle is hired/leased from another operator
  • Letter of authorization, allowing the driver to drive the vehicle

Carrying the following equipment is also mandatory according to French law:

  • Warning triangle
  • High visibility jacket
  • Headlight deflectors (for UK vehicles)
  • Breathalyzer
  • Spare set of bulbs

While they will rarely ask to see your spare light bulbs, the attestation, waybill and authorization or hire contract are on the menu of every police check.

French police officers are notoriously single-minded where opportunities for a hefty €750 fine are concerned, so check your tour documentation before leaving!

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2. Changing vehicles with analog tachographs

A tachograph chart is supposed to be an accurate record of your work day. So when changing from one vehicle with an analog tachograph to another in the course of that work day, the authorities prefer to see continued recording on the chart you started the day with.

Complete the front of the chart with the information from the vehicle you're leaving, similar to ending your shift.

Then, turn the chart over and add the following information on the everse side:

  • Vehicle registration mark
  • Time of change
  • Date (if space permits)
  • Start location (if space provided)
  • Start odometer

When finished driving the second vehicle, record the following on the reverse of the chart:
  • Finish location (if space provided)
  • Finish odometer

Up to 4 different vehicles can be driven during a work day while still being recorded on a single chart if all vehicles use the same type of chart.

When switching to a vehicle with a tachograph that requires a different type chart, the original chart needs to be completed as normal and a new chart of the correct type needs to be inserted in the second vehicle.

The EU has started talks to phase out analog tachographs by 2020.

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Driver CPC Courses

Our Driver CPC training courses are designed to suit the needs of your organisation. No "one-size-fits-all", but courses tailored specifically to the passenger transport industry.

We offer the following approved courses:

  • Driver's Hours & Tachograph Use (analog & digital): the rules on driving hours, Working Time Directive and the correct use of recording equipment.
    Fri 28/9/12 - Thu 18/10/12 - Tue 20/11/12
  • Drive Safe, Stay Legal: understanding your legal obligations, defect procedures, emergency procedures.
    Wed 26/9/12 - Fri 19/10/12 - Wed 21/11/12
  • Road Risk - Drug & Alcohol Awareness: safety issues on the road, effects of fatigue, drugs and alcohol use.
    Thu 27/9/12 - Wed 17/10/12 - Thu 22/11/12
  • Eco-Driving (on the road): driving techniques to encourage fuel-efficient driving (max. 2 drivers).
    Dates on request

Available from 1 November 2012:

  • Customer Service: communication and conflict management, working relationships and practical solutions to deal with customers.
  • Eco-Driving (classroom based): reduce fuel costs, maintenance costs and accident risk.

Bespoke training for company bookings.

We deliver training on-site or at a location of your choice.

Special rates available for group or multiple course bookings. Beat the rush and book now! The deadline is approaching fast.

For enquiries and bookings: or click here for an enquiry form.

That's it for now!

Drive safely,

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